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Make It Happen is the story of everyday people who have taken the leap, quit their day jobs and started creative businesses selling what they make.
Jenna Herbut
Vancouver, British Columbia
2 Team Members

A HUGE thank you to all of our contributors!

Please share this campaign with your community. We are so close to reaching our goal and your support makes a difference!

Update: Interview with Dan Mangan

Dan Mangan on childhood creativity.Recently we had the opportunity to speak with Juno award winning musician Dan Mangan about the relationship between childhood and creativity. A truly important message. You can view a short clip from our interview in the campaign gallery.



What we are doing:

April Lacheur - Yapes Paints

Make It Happen is the story of everyday people who have taken the leap, quit their day jobs and started creative businesses selling what they make. They candidly share their ups and their downs but most importantly how and why they have been able to make it in the handmade world.

By supporting our Indiegogo campaign, you are helping us make a documentary that will inspire people to use their creativity to build a business and life they are passionate about. Help spread the message that it IS possible to make a living doing what you love, and end the staving artist myth!


Why we are doing it:

Christina Paradun - August StudioWe believe creativity is the key to happiness and fulfillment. As small children we are encouraged to paint, draw, colour, craft and make stuff. Our dreams are limitless and we can be anything when we grow up.

Then once we get a little older, we sit in desks lined up in neat rows. For most of us, school becomes more about achieving and striving than creating. The dreams we had as young children slowly start to fade. Once we graduate many of us are told to go out and get a real job and forget all that artsy, creative nonsense because it won't ever make us any money and God forbid we live the life of a starving artist!

Make It Happen shares inspirational stories of how everyday people have quit their soul sucking day jobs in pursuit of creating handmade items. They are able to do what they are passionate about and make money and live the life they love.

This documentary will show how it possible to be successful in the handmade world and tap into the creative spark that so many of us gave up as children.   


Who we are:

Jenna HerbutMy name is Jenna Herbut and I am the co-producer of the rapidly growing Make It craft show and Make It University. With a deep love for creativity, I always knew a conventional path wasn’t for me. In 2003 as a University of Alberta business student, I founded my first crafty business, Booty Beltz and have never looked back! My passion is to help other creative entrepreneurs do what they love as a full-time career. I also love travelling, writing and drinking wine (preferably all at the same time)!


Why we need your help:

Your Handmade Make It Happen T-shirt!By supporting this project you are helping to inspire others to make a change in lives and realize that they too can follow their dreams and do what they love. We all win when people are doing the work they are passionate about. Plus by contributing to the handmade movement you are stimulating the local economy, helping the environment and allowing folks to make some pretty awesome stuff!

Making a documentary isn't cheap and here is a list of what your generous contribution will go towards:

  • Additional video and sound equipment
  • Travel expenses (the more we raise, the more artists we can interview)
  • Hard drives and memory cards (lots of 'em)
  • Editing, administration, legal and other costs
  • Time. Lots of it!
  • Perks support creative businesses featured in the documentary!*
Make It Happen Kukubee pouch
Perks from Kukubee!
Make It Happen Kukubee pouch
Make It Happen 8.5 x 11 Kukubee print


Other ways you can help spread the word:

Natasha Paterson - Whiteout WorkshopPlease help spread the word about Make It Happen by sharing this campaign on the interwebs through the social media buttons above. We are all born creative and with your help this message can inspire others to take action and do what they were meant to do in this world.

If you can put us in touch with great artists, musicians and appropriate business people for this documentary please email nmangan@gmail.com.


Here are the artists interviewed so far:

April Lacheur - Yapes Paints

Christina Paradun- August Studio Ceramic 

Natasha Paterson - Whiteout Workshop  

Dan Mangan - Dan Mangan Music

Colin Cowan - The China Cloud


*When will the perks and documentary be ready?

The project is already underway and we hope to wrap up filming by December 2013. We anticipate that the project will be ready for digital release in the spring of 2014. Please note that if the documentary is accepted into film festivals, we may need to delay the general release of the film, but will give you your perks as soon as possible and keep you updated along the way.


Official AWESOME Handmade Sponsors:

Bubblegum Sass
Sarah Riedner, Bubblegum Sass

Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Sassy Crafter

Bubblegum Sass ProductSarah RiednerAfter being laid off from her job in the stock photography industry in January 2011, Sarah decided to take the plunge and turn her crafting hobby into a business. She became a mama in 2012 and is still learning how to juggle all that comes her way.

Sarah loves to make all sorts of things, but focuses on creating colourful handmade accessories for women. Her incredible love of buttons has started to inspire much of her work. She cannot resist adding a button to anything! Buttons are like the "cherry-­on-­top" for each item Sarah makes.


Interested in becoming an Official Handmade Sponsor?
Choose the Official Handmade Sponsor perk! Send us a line if you have any questions.


Thank you to our project sponsors:



Angus Audio


Make It Productions


Ole Originals


Make It University


 Just Do 1 Thing



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This campaign ended on May 6, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $5CAD
    Social Media High-5

    We appreciate any contribution to Make It Happen and will express our gratitude through a social media high-5.

    5 claimed
  • $15CAD
    + Digital Download

    You get a digital download of Make It Happen once it's completed (yay!) plus a social media high-5.

    36 claimed
  • $25CAD
    + Credits & Bonus Interviews

    You get a digital download of Make It Happen once it's completed (yay!) plus YOUR NAME in the MOVIE CREDITS plus access to exclusive full length bonus interviews and web content!

    52 claimed
  • $50CAD
    + DVD of Documentary

    In addition to everything above, you also get a copy of the documentary on DVD delivered right to your door (shipping included).

    7 claimed
  • $75CAD
    + Make It Happen T-Shirt!

    In addition to everything above you also get a super sweet Ole Originals T-Shirt with the Make It Happen logo (designed by kukubee). We will gather sizing info once the indiegogo campaign ends. We will also include a beautiful personalized thank you card from Yapes Paints. Shipping included!

    28 claimed
  • $100CAD
    + Kukubee Movie Pouch & Print

    In addition to everything above (including the Ole Originals T-shirt and Yapes Paints card) you also get a beautiful Make It Happen zipper pouch and an 8.5" x 11" full color movie print made with love by Brandi & Brent of Kukubee! Shipping included.

    7 claimed

    + You in the Movie!

    You love handmade and you want to share your enthusiasm with the world! We will interview you in Vancouver or Edmonton (November 2013) and include you in the final cut of the documentary. You will also get 2 tickets to the screening party in Vancouver. Plus you also get everything above. Travel expenses not included.

    10 out of 10 claimed
  • $500CAD
    + Handmade Business Training

    You get Make It University's 'How to Start and Grow Your Handmade Business' which is a complete online business training program for artisans and crafters (value $297). Plus you also get everything above!

    4 out of 10 claimed
  • $1,000CAD
    + Official Handmade Sponsor

    Do you want your crafty business profiled as a sponsor on our website and indiegogo campaign? Do you want a great big thank you in the final documentary? Awesome, let's talk. You also get everything above. Sweet!

    1 out of 5 claimed
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